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In immigration news: Executive action backlash, feds want immigration lawsuit dismissed, border checkpoints, more



Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles last month, when he addressed the nation on his new immigration plan that could provide temporary legal status and work permits for millions. His executive order has already brought strong backlash from the right, but there's also pressure from the left to do more.
Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles last month, when he addressed the nation on his new immigration plan that could provide temporary legal status and work permits for millions. His executive order has already brought strong backlash from the right, but there's also pressure from the left to do more.
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Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP - Washington Post President Obama's recent executive action on immigration has already brought political and legal backlash from the right. In addition, "as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants."

Government Urges Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Immigration - Associated Press The Department of Justice is calling "meritless" a lawsuit brought by Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who seeks to dismantle President Obama's recent immigration order that could protect as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. The lawsuit "contends that President Barack Obama's program serves as a magnet for more illegal entries into the U.S. Arpaio says the new arrivals will commit crimes and thus burden his law enforcement resources."

Border agent accused of helping smugglers - CNN From the story: "The arrest of Jose Luis Zavala, 38, a CBP officer in Brownsville, Texas, follows an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the CBP said...Zavala came to the attention of investigators on November 19, when a van carrying about 3,000 pounds of marijuana tried to enter the United States at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville."

When party machines turned immigrants into citizens and voters - Washington Post A new history of New York's Tammany Hall political machine "offers a glimpse into the immigration politics of the 1800s, showing how it affected the party system...Even in the early 1800s, Tammany welcomed European immigrants into its fold, irking Whig politicians and reform-minded journalists who saw Tammany’s supporters as a 'noisy rabble.' ”

Checkpoints push buttons, boundaries - UT San Diego Some have been in operation for decades, but border-area checkpoints are still a source of controversy. From the story: "The Border Patrol operates a national network of internal checkpoints, halting motorists up to 100 miles inside the country’s boundaries. While the checkpoints’ stated goal is to apprehend unauthorized immigrants, critics argue that agents also stop and search law-abiding American citizens without justification."